I obtained a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Liège (Belgium) in 2010, and practiced for 2 years in private veterinary settings in France. During my veterinary degree and my years of practice I worked in close contact with specialists of equine respiratory diseases, notably Laurent Couëtil (Purdue University, USA) and Julie Dauvillier (ESMP, France), and contributed to research projects on equine asthma.
I really enjoyed taking part in these projects and decided to orient my career into research. I went back to University for a Master’s degree in immunology, that I obtained in 2012 from the University of Paris-Est. During my Master’s, I worked on human chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and used mouse models and human lung tissues to study inflammation remodelling of lung tissue following exposure to cigarette smoke.
In May 2014, I moved to Glasgow to start my PhD in virology at the MRC - University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research. During my PhD, I worked with ex vivo (canine and equine tracheal explants) and in vitro models of influenza infection, and applied reverse genetic and cloning techniques, in association with next generation sequencing technologies to study the functional evolution of the equine and canine influenza virus non-structural protein 1 (NS1), the main viral antagonist of the host immune response. I will submit my thesis in December this year (2017).
In August, I joined the laboratory of Georgia Perona-Wright as a Research Assistant to develop my skills in immunology and study cytokine signalling and lung repair mechanisms following an influenza virus infection. My goal is to pursue a career in Research and study the role of respiratory viruses in chronic respiratory diseases, such as asthma.